Mutt and GPG (was: Getting started with signatures)
Mon May 12 06:07:02 2003
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Daniel Carrera wrote:
>> That may well be an issue of the pgp signature format. Mutt uses PGP/MIME
>> by default...
> I've looked into it. Yes, I'm pretty sure that's the problem.
This bites a lot of people, unfortunately. Someday, PGP/MIME will be
widely supported and we can then move on to some other problem...
>> You can make mutt check these signatures in several ways. The
>> recommended way in 1.4 and above is to use the check-traditional-pgp
>> function, which is bound to ESC P by default.
> Mutt doesn't seem to recognize that option. I put it in my .muttrc file
> (I bound it to ESC V and I got this error:
> check-traditional-pgp: no such function in map
I'm not sure what might be wrong with your muttrc entry. You should be able
to make something like that work. If not, the mutt-users list would be the
place to ask about it.
> BTW, ESC P doesn't do a PGP check either.
Are you using a capital P, e.g. shift p and not just ESC p? If you are
using a capital P, what happens when you do this on a traditionally signed
or encrypted message? Do you get some error or something?
> Could you help me with patches? I've spent all afternoon trying to figure
> out how to apply a patch and I just can't get it to work.
> I'm starting with the very first patch:
> patch-1.4.0.ddm.crypt-menu.1 (from )
> dcarrera ~ $ ls
> dcarrera ~ $ patch < patch-1.4.0.ddm.crypt-menu.1
> Looks like a unified context diff.
> File to patch:
I think you want to cd into the mutt-1.4 dir and then use the -p option to
patch. The patches have mutt-1.4 and mutt-1.4.new in the paths for the
files they're modifying, so to strip the directory from the path, use
patch -p1 < patch
I should have been more specific about which patch I meant on the first url.
The crypt-menu patch probably conflicts with the pgp-menu-traditional patch
(they both tweak some of the same code in compose.c). I only use
You may also find that you need to apply one of the patches before the other
if you get "Hunk failed" errors. I happen to apply the menu-trad patch
first in my builds, but I don't remember if that's intentional or just by
If you're going to build mutt from source, you might want to grab 1.4.1, it
contains a security fix for imap servers.
Feel free to bug me off list if you have any trouble. I'll try to help you
Todd OpenPGP -> KeyID: 0xD654075A | URL: www.pobox.com/~tmz/pgp
Stop tolerating in your leaders what you would not tolerate in your friends.
-- Michael Ventura
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